PHOENIX - The Arizona Exhibition and State Fairgrounds is a mainstay in the Valley, but its future could be entirely up to you.
Gov. Doug Ducey said his office is requesting public input on the state fair and how it can modernize to continue “the tradition of quality entertainment, memories, and fun for years to come.”
It's a short survey.
The first question is: "What do you love about the Arizona State Fair?"
The second question is "What could be improved at the Arizona State Fair?"
TAKE THE SURVEY: State Fair Questionnaire
Patrick Ptak of the Governor’s Office said you will be given plenty of space to expand on any recommendations you’d like to make for the State Fair.
John Banks has lived in a Phoenix neighborhood right across the street from the fairgrounds, near 19th Avenue and McDowell Road, for 40 years.
"Get rid of it,” Banks said with a laugh. "It's turned into a circus.”
He’s concerned about trash, noise, traffic, pollution, and to a lesser degree, the crime.
His opinion may be one of many Jen Yee, executive director of the fairgrounds said she wants residents to voice that concern.
"There are people that are 'fair' people, and there are people that are not 'fair' people,” said Yee. “Ultimately this is the gathering place for [Arizona].”
The inconvenience is undeniable during large events. The economic impact it has is also undeniable.
Recent numbers show the state fair racks up more than $90 million in economic output each year.
It's not just a money thing -- there is a lot of history too.
"Elvis played here. The Pope has been here. The Doors have played here," Yee said.
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